MacOS Big Sur Beta 9 Released for Testing
MacOS Big Sur beta 9 has been released to users who are participating in the beta testing program for the Mac operating system. Typically the developer beta is soon followed by a public beta release of the same build.
MacOS Big Sur, versioned as 11.0 officially (though from prior Mac OS release versioning it’s more like 10.16), includes a newly redesigned user interface complete with a refreshed window appearance, a new Dock look, new icons, more white space, and brighter and whiter user interface. Additionally, macOS Big Sur includes Control Center, a variety of new features for Safari, new additions to the Messages app that make it more on par with iOS and IPadOS versions, along with instant translation capabilities, and a handful of other smaller improvements and changes.
How to Download MacOS Big Sur Beta 9
Always backup the Mac with Time Machine before using any system software update.
- Go to the Apple menu, then choose “System Preferences”
- Select “Software Update”
- Select to update to macOS Big Sur beta 9
As with all software updates, the Mac will reboot to complete installation of the latest update.
MacOS Big Sur has been under beta testing for months now, and though beta releases are less stable than final versions, users with a a Mac compatible with macOS Big Sur compatible can decide to install the public beta of Big Sur if they so choose. Always backup a Mac before installing any software update, but particularly before running beta builds.
With macOS Big Sur beta 9, the final version is likely coming sooner than later. Apple has previously said the final version of macOS Big Sur will be released in the fall to the general public.
Aside from the latest Big Sur beta, Apple has also released new beta versions of iOS 14.2 beta 2, iPadOS 14.2 beta 2 , tvOS 14.2 beta 2, and watchOS 7.2 beta 2.
The final stable builds of macOS is currently Catalina 10.15.7 and security updates for Mojave and High Sierra.
Meanwhile, the final stable builds of iOS and iPadOS currently available are iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1.